Cast & Crew
Assigned to investigate a rash of cattle rustling, government agents "Lightning" Bill Carson, Magpie and Margaret arrive in town posing as gypsies. Their first stop is the Bolton ranch where Jim Bolton and his daughter Jessie have been robbed of the proceeds from their cattle sale. Bill suspects the Bolton's foreman, Crane, of being in league with the rustlers, but in reality, it is Lee, a respected citizen, who is the leader of the gang. Uneasy about the arrival of the gypsies, Lee orders his henchmen Johnson and Mort to watch them. By telling fortunes with playing cards, Bill obtains a set of fingerprints of the men he suspects, but wants more. With his pals, he visits the gang's hideout and deals a set of cards. This convinces Lee that Bill is a government agent, and in an ensuing fight, Mort is killed and Jeff, one of the gang, wounded. After the "gypsies" escape in their wagon, Lee decides to frame them for Mort's murder. His plan succeeds, and a posse, led by Lee and Crane, is organized to capture the agents. Meanwhile, Bill compares the new fingerprints with those already in his possession and discovers that they are identical. He sends Magpie and Margaret to town with the evidence, while he rides to the Bolton ranch. There, Jessie accuses him of murder, but he convinces her of his innocence. When Jerry, the deputy marshal, arrives, he and Bill join forces to aid Magpie and Margaret, who are unarmed. They arrive just as Lee and Crane are in hot pursuit of the gypsy wagon. After Bill and Jerry shoot down Crane, Bill captures the fleeing Lee and forces the rest of the gang to surrender.
Modern sources add Carl Mathews to the cast and credit Bert Sternbach as assistant director and Marcel Le Picard as cameraman. For additional information about the series, see entry for Lightnin' Bill Carson in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2489.